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Computers and the Olympics - Part 2


Published 3/5/2002


In this second half of a special series, Computer Chronicles continues to reveal the high-tech innovations that were behind the gold winning technology performance at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.


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<p>We begin with the desktop operating system that helped run the Olympic Gamesand Scott Hunsworth, the PC Technician at Gateway, who describes why they usedWindows NT and also shows off the flat screen monitor computer from Gateway thatwas used at the games. Then, we discover how the Salt Lake City organizersintegrated custom software images for the unique needs of different sports, thendistributed thousands of computers with 50 different applications to elevenvenues housing 15 different sports using a scanner/bar code system.</p><p>We also demonstrate the three main systems, Info 2002, CommentatorInformation System and Games Management System that SchlumbergerSema provided.The Commentator Information System, CIS, allowed for announcers to haveinformation on event happenings in milliseconds; we show you what commentatorswere seeing during freestyle skiing and hockey events. Bob Cottam, the chief ITIntegrator with SchlumbergerSema, talks about how all these systems were keptrunning with 100% reliability using a standby data center. Bob Donohoo, SeniorNetwork Engineer from Ikano, describes how self-healing technologies from Questalso contributed to the network's reliability. Meanwhile, Xavier Roig, MajorEvents General Manger at SchlumbergerSema, outlines the importance of testingand simulation for the people running the network.</p><p>Techies weren't the only ones testing the limits of technology. Speed skaterswore the new Nike Swift Skin body suit that reduced friction by 55% and has beencalled the most technically advanced piece of sports equipment available. Theapparel innovation director at Nike, Rick MacDonald, says the suit was developedfrom computer analysis of wind tunnel studies to create just the right fabricfor each part of the athletes' bodies that is aerodynamic reducing friction andencouraging freedom of movement.</p><p>And of course, security was crucial at these Olympic Games, the first after9/11. Jorge Millan, Manager at the PC factory explains why they discontinuedplans to use a wireless network at Salt Lake City because of securityvulnerabilities. And Jason Durrant, Director of System Testing forSchlumbergerSema, describes the procedures developed to block viruses and ensurea solid intrusion detection system.</p><p>Finally, we find out what happens next as organizers disband the technologyinfrastructure in Salt Lake City and go on to apply the innovate lessons learnedhere. Michael Fisher, Regional Venue Manager at Utah Olympic Park joins manyothers reflecting on their exciting jobs working with the Olympics.</p>

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